From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John King '37

Date of birth: March 8, 1915

Date of death: August 15, 1942

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on August 15, 1942, possibly while piloting an aircraft for Scouting Squadron (VS) 72 aboard USS Wasp (CV 7), near the Solomons Island.

John has a memory marker in North Carolina. His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by his mother and a sister.

He was designated a Naval Aviator, #10136, in 1941.

Note: USN overseas aircraft loss database shows VS-72 as operating from USS Hornet (CV 8) during this time period. VS-72, which was operating from Wasp during this time, doesn't show any losses on or about this date. Neither carrier's wikipedia pages show any action on this date; Wasp was being refueled to south of Guadalcanal and Enterprise was flying in support of the landings.

His listing late in the Class of 1937 is due to his being maintained in a missing status until officially declared dead on December 4, 1945.

Class of 1937

John is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 on Virtual Memorial Hall.